The lack of food storage facility in the country has once again raised doubts that wheat purchase is going to be affected severely. This indicates that the government, despite knowing the ground realities, has again failed to find a solution to the problem plaguing the government for a very long time. Every year the government is confronted with the same problem where due to lack of granaries food grains worth crores of rupees are destroyed. A similar situation regarding the storage of wheat has come up in Punjab forcing the state government to make repeated appeals to the Centre to clear old stocks so that storage facility for new stocks could be created. In the near future Uttar Pradesh and Haryana could also meet with the same fate. Tamil Nadu, Andra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are confronted with this problem when rice produce comes up in the market. An eternal problem, the government has failed to answer as to why the construction of new granaries is moving at a snail’s pace? It is laughable that this year, granaries with a meager capacity of 5.30 lakh tons have been built and that too at a time when the government has vouched for one and a half crore of food grain production in the country.

Going by the pace of construction of granaries, we have strong reasons to believe that wastage of food grains will keep happening. Lack of storage facility will not only lead to wastage but the farmers will also not get the right price for their produce. It is not a positive indication that the government has purposely slowed down wheat purchase from Punjab and Haryana. For a government that is a strong supporter of the Food Security Bill, such a problem should have been sorted out long before. The Centre on the one hand is fighting lack of storage facility, on the other it is gearing up to sell the old stocks at a subsidized rate. It is surprising that a group of ministers opposed the Food Ministry’s proposal that food grains be distributed among people living below the poverty line at a minimal price. However, those opposed to the idea are yet to explain as to what will happen to the new stocks if the old one is not cleared. Going by what is happening, it seems that the food Ministry is left to battle the situation alone.